The 51st player selected in the 2010 draft, Johnson was seen as a long-term project and didn’t figure to have chance to play as a rookie when he was drafted. That all changed after the Fire waived veteran Jon Busch, and newly-crowned starter Andrew Dykstra struggled badly in the role.
Enter Johnson, who was a revelation using his size and surprisingly quick reflexes to make amazing saves and help cover for a struggling Fire defense. He started 13 straight matches for the Fire, posting three shutouts before being sidelined by a shoulder injury. Johnson will enter 2011 as a leading candidate to start.
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